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As many as 13 million people deal
with incontinence. Incontinence is a correctable, yet
costly condition, with an excess of 30 billion dollars
spent last year alone on treatment. Incontinence is a
symptom of other problems such as nerve disorders, loss
of sensation and weakening muscles. It can also occur
due to medications or surgery and affects approximately
10-15% of seniors age 65 and over.
There are four different types of incontinence:
People with stress incontinence lose urine when they
exert pressure on their bladders. It may happen when
they lift something heavy, laugh, cough or exercise.
This is when a person cannot completely empty their
bladder. Often frequent urination may occur or sometimes
there is a constant leak of urine. Your loved one may
feel as thought their bladder is always partly full or
may drip urine all the time.
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incontinence supplies including adult
diapers, youth diapers and mattress pads.
People who just canít seem to get to the bathroom in
time or who lose urine when they feel the need to
urinate have what is called urge incontinence. Sometimes
they have accidents at night and have to go to the bathroom
quite often day or night.
Mixed incontinence means that a person has some
combination of the other three types. Stress and urge
incontinence are commonly seen together, especially in
If you suspect your loved one is incontinent, consider
Talk about incontinence with your love one
Those suffering from incontinence are often too
embarrassed to seek help or even admit that they are
Consult your loved oneís primary care physician about
There are treatments available that can ease if not cure
this common condition.
Frequently check for soiled undergarments
Urine is a skin irritant and may promote skin ulcers.